I have to admit, I was initially turned off to the idea of reading this book because of its cheesy cover. But you know what they say about judging a b...moreI have to admit, I was initially turned off to the idea of reading this book because of its cheesy cover. But you know what they say about judging a book by its cover...
As it turned out, this book was a great read. Part romance and part mystery, the story manages to have something for everyone to appreciate.
The main characters, Dr. Nathan Morris and Sheriff Brandon Nash, first meet after Nathan is assaulted in what initially appears to be a hate crime. The mutual attraction between Nathan and Brandon is immediate, and Brandon conveniently moves Nathan into his own home in an effort to better protect him. As their romance slowly develops, more attacks are made against Nathan as well as other gay-owned businesses in town. The mystery and plot twists are pretty complex compared to the typical gay romance novel, and I can honestly say that I had no clue who the bad guy was until almost the end.
Another factor that sets this novel apart from the typical gay romance is the expansion of the plot to include so many interesting secondary characters. Brandon's family is loving, accepting and can be downright hilarious at times. (For example, I thought I would die laughing when Brandon's grandma seeks Nathan's medical advice regarding anal sex.) In addition to Brandon's riotous clan, the book also includes Nathan's more dysfunctional family who disowned him years ago and now make a reappearance, looking for reconciliation. Throughout the book, these secondary characters add something special to the plot rather than detracting from the main story. In some cases, I even found myself hoping for them to have stories of their own in future writings.
So there's a lot going on in this book, which is what made it so great for me. The plot is interesting and not totally obvious, the romance is sweet and fulfilling, and the emotions run the full gamut from love and laughter to grief and tears. I felt it all. Definitely recommended.
True North made for a nice, light read. It's simple, straightforward romance all the way. No big complicated plot-line, just two guys who meet and slo...moreTrue North made for a nice, light read. It's simple, straightforward romance all the way. No big complicated plot-line, just two guys who meet and slowly fall in love. The story's main focus is on the development of the relationship, rather than on immediate and frequent sex. (Don't worry, they do get to the sex part.) There's a bit of a gradual build up though (some reviews say "slow"), but I think it's nice for a change.
Overall impression: Relaxing and light. Enjoyable if that's what you're in the mood for.(less)
I'll repeat what another reviewer has already said: This book was decent, but nothing earth-shattering. The plot was pretty standard (i.e. unoriginal)...moreI'll repeat what another reviewer has already said: This book was decent, but nothing earth-shattering. The plot was pretty standard (i.e. unoriginal) and not nearly as suspenseful as I was hoping. The couple in the story, Cam and Jeremy, were very cutesy and sweet - although perhaps a tad too much, too soon for my taste.
A big complaint I have with this book, as well as the last (True North), is the tendency to vaguely tell large chucks of potentially interesting history rather than show said history. There were times during this book that I felt like I had missed something, or where I wondered if there were some prequel story I hadn't read. And the reason I felt that way was because the characters have SO MUCH history among them that occurred before this book even begins. For example, Cam and Jeremy supposedly first started crushing on each other back in high school, but we never really see much of their interactions back then. Cam and Patrick have been best friends since they were five years old, but we only vaguely hear about the relevant stories from their past. Cam was previously in a bad relationship which now affects his new relationship with Jeremy, but we never actually see what happened to Cam before. You get the idea? I just wish that more of this history had been shown to the reader, instead of just tangentially told as background filler.
With all that said, the book was an ok read - certainly light, easy, and non-complicated. And I'm still planning to read the third book, which tells you something right there.(less)
Ok I've seen this free fic recommended several times now (very enthusiastically I might add) so I thought I'd give it a try.
Wow. I pretty much never...moreOk I've seen this free fic recommended several times now (very enthusiastically I might add) so I thought I'd give it a try.
Wow. I pretty much never quit reading something once I've started, but I just couldn't deal with this one. I gave up at around page 40, and I only kept it up that long out of sheer stubbornness and determination to see it improve. I even skipped ahead to see if things would get better. They don't.
So what's my problem? First, one of my hugest pet peeves: the insta-love phenomenon. The doc and the widow immediately “fall in love” after having met each other ONE time, which I think is totally ridiculous. There was no build-up, no getting to know the characters at all. Actually, it felt a lot like I had just been dropped right into the middle of an ongoing story and had missed the whole beginning -- like the part where the characters actually talk to each other and develop some kind of relationship before professing their eternal love.
Furthermore, there doesn’t seem to be much direction in the plot -- no cohesiveness. Generally speaking, it just feels like a bunch of random snippets put together without much thought to transitions or underlying storyline. (What underlying storyline?)
Bottom Line: Sorry to say it, but I really didn't like this one at all and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. But as always, my opinion is just my own, and as evidenced by the multiple good reviews that prompted me to read this to begin with, there are obviously plenty of others who will feel differently about this than I did.(less)
3.5 stars probably. I was really loving this actually up until near the end when the dialogue started feeling a little stilted (very unusual/odd for w...more3.5 stars probably. I was really loving this actually up until near the end when the dialogue started feeling a little stilted (very unusual/odd for what I've seen of this author - maybe it was supposed to be a werewolf thing?). Also I wish there were more of it! But yeah, it was good.(less)
This story has gotten a lot of attention and has been pretty darn popular, for good reason. It's genuinely funny and heartbreaking, and just plain ent...moreThis story has gotten a lot of attention and has been pretty darn popular, for good reason. It's genuinely funny and heartbreaking, and just plain entertaining. On the other hand, it's also incomplete and hasn't been updated in more than a year, so I'm not really holding my breath on that anymore. But even as much as I hate, and I mean HATE incomplete fic, I'm still glad I took the time to read this one.
So the story centers around a student nurse who's just moved away from London in order to get over a trauma that occurred there. He moves in with another student: a wheelchair-bound punk skater kid. The student nurse is a real goody-goody, flamboyant type, while the skater is a real sarcastic/daredevil type. It's great. Good writing, clever/witty/funny dialogue, unique characters, compelling/emotional plot. Also, the portrayal of a disabled major character is really unique in this story for two big reasons: 1) It actually seems realistic, taking into account all the harsh and difficult challenges faced in a situation like this, and 2) No one is depressed about the disability. (It's definitely not like the typical "disabled character" story where the guy was in a car wreck and broke his legs and is on the road to recovery. The guy in this story has a permanent condition, and has adapted. And no one is whining about it!)
Anyway, I very much enjoyed reading this one, even in its incomplete state. I think I found it from the list of Memorable Fic Rec Entries over at the Slash Pile, so if you are looking for some more recommendations of quality slashfic, I'd check that out. (less)